Let’s recognise care as a social good

The campaign for a National Care Service in Scotland: a contribution to a discussion. By HILARY HORROCKS (Edinburgh trades union council delegate). This article was first published on the People and Nature blog. We repost it here with the author’s permission. Health is a devolved matter in the not-so-United Kingdom, and that has allowed successiveContinue reading “Let’s recognise care as a social good”

Outcomes of the EIJB meeting

The Edinburgh Integrated Joint Board, which organises integrated health and social care in the city, met on Tuesday 28th September. The meeting time and date had been changed twice at short notice. You might think that the board was trying to evade protest. In the event there were rallies outside the City Chambers, both inContinue reading “Outcomes of the EIJB meeting”

Edinburgh TUC’s deputations to the EIJB

The Edinburgh Integrated Joint Board met to discuss proposals for care home closures today (28th September). Campaigners made online deputations (statements) to the meeting. There were two statements from the Edinburgh Trade Union Council. The first from Des Loughney: My name is Des Loughney, Secretary of Edinburgh Trade Union Council. My colleague is Kathy JenkinsContinue reading “Edinburgh TUC’s deputations to the EIJB”

Care Provision in Edinburgh

We asked Edinburgh City Council eight questions about how care provision in Edinburgh is distributed between the public and private sectors. They answered six of our questions. We will be getting back to them about the two they didn’t answer. We wanted to know about the number of private organisations contracted by CEC to provideContinue reading “Care Provision in Edinburgh”

National Care Service Consultation

CARE ABOUT CARE    Our care service needs to be improved. It is urgent to Take profit out of care Improve pay & conditions for workers Make care local & accountable Ensure adequate funding Make care a free service At the moment there is a Scottish Government consultation about care.  You can make sure everyone in Scotland isContinue reading “National Care Service Consultation”

Save Our Care Homes – Campaign News

The next critical date in the campaign is September 14th when the Edinburgh Integrated Joint Board is holding a special meeting to discuss the closure proposals. We understand that they intend to take a decision on closure at this meeting and then open a period of consultation which will run until the end of theContinue reading “Save Our Care Homes – Campaign News”

Save Our Care Homes – Protest Report

There was a lively Save Our Care Homes protest outside the City Chambers on Tuesday as the Edinburgh Integrated Joint Board met for its August meeting.  There were deputations to the board from Des Loughney and Kathy Jenkins from Edinburgh TUC, and from Unison and Unite the two unions that represent workers in the careContinue reading “Save Our Care Homes – Protest Report”

Save Our Care Homes – Protest

Join the protest rally outside the City Chambers as the Edinburgh Integrated Joint Board meets on Tuesday 17th August. It’s likely that the board will hold a special meeting in September to make the decision to close 5 out of the 9 local authority care homes inn Edinburgh. We want to build a campaign thatContinue reading “Save Our Care Homes – Protest”

Report from the Save Our Care Homes Public Meeting

A big thank you to everyone who advertised the meeting and all those who attended and helped make it a success. In the event 82 people registered for the meeting and 65 attended all or part of it. This report includes video of the speaker contributions, a summary of the information, ideas, useful online linksContinue reading “Report from the Save Our Care Homes Public Meeting”